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At the latest now you should inform your employer about the pregnancy, because only then the rights and obligations provided for in the Maternity Protection Act will take effect. For example, your employer may not dismiss you as long as you are covered by the Maternity Protection Act. But especially the employment you are pursuing is also important. Heavy physical work, e.g. in care, endangers the child's life. In principle, there is a general ban on employment during maternity leave. Maternity protection lasts 6 weeks before and 8 weeks after the birth. In the six weeks before the birth you could declare in writing that you still want to work. For certain occupational groups, however, there are also so-called employment prohibitions that come into force before maternity leave.
But there are also adaptations in the workplace that should protect you and your child. Your employer must ensure that you are protected from hazards in the workplace. In case of doubt, the supervisory authority will carry out a risk assessment. It must also be ensured that the pregnant woman can rest and lie down undisturbed during working hours. Working hours are also regulated, because pregnant women are not allowed to work more than eight hours and thirty minutes a day.
Questions and answers
What checkups are available now?
History about your well-being, complaints, eating habits, exercise and possible fetal movements. Physical examinations such as weight and blood pressure. Urine tests and blood tests.